The biggest worry about BBC chair Richard Sharp isn't necessarily the £400,000 he's give to the Tories. It's the £35,000 he's given to Quilliam, a "thinktank" loved by the transatlantic super-rich but distrusted by almost every British Muslim @OborneTweets…
BBC chairman Richard Sharp may be wondering whether the £35,000 he gave Quilliam was money well spent considering its "shock jock" founder Maajid Nawaz appears to have become a full-blown "stop the steal" conspiracy theorist. 😐 via @PrivateEyeNews Image
Quilliam founder and LBC presenter Maajid Nawaz does seem to harbour some pretty wacky views. He's a strong opponent of lockdowns, which he believes are the result of a plot by the Chinese Communist Party. 🤦‍♂️via @PrivateEyeNews Image
Watch: Incoming BBC chairman Richard Sharp being grilled on the £35,000 he's given to the Quilliam Foundation by Welsh Labour MP @KevinBrennanMP @CommonsDCMS
The trouble wth Maajid Nawaz's Quilliam Foundation, to which BBC chair Richard Sharp gave £35,000. “Leaders of the global Islamophobia industry in the US and UK have long been reported as being involved in funding Nawaz and Quilliam,” said a Cage spokesman…
Maajid Nawaz's attachment to alt-right conspiracy theories shouldn't come as a surprise. For most of the past decade, his Quilliam Foundation has been funded by pro-Trump Republican donors, through whom it's received ~$3m of ‘dark money’. via @NafeezAhmed…
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23 Jan
Handy interactive timeline showing all the times "Covid sceptics" Sunetra Gupta, Carl Heneghan, Karol Sikora, Mike Yeadon, Toby Young, Alison Pearson and Julia Hartley Brewer have been utterly wrong about #COVIDー19 Image
Another "Covid sceptic" pumping out disinfo about #COVIDー19? Pathologist Clare Craig last Oct tweeted "we're in the midst of a false positive pseudo-epidemic". Now she's emulated Toby Young and deleted all her tweets from 2020. See @NeilDotObrien's thread
In his thread (quote-tweeted above), Tory MP Neil O'Brien examines some of the whackier claims Dr Clare Craig has made about #COVIDー19 in past few months, including the letter she co-signed with David Icke. Image
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10 Jan
How a vocal core of MPs and pundits helped deepen the UK's #COVIDー19 crisis. Driven by ideology or contrarianism, they argued for fewer restrictions, disputed data and denounced a sinister health establishment.… By @robertshrimsley.
How a bunch of contrarian Tories, including members of the misleadingly-named "Covid Recovery Group", preyed on Boris Johnson’s insecurities, slowed the government's response and deepened the UK's #COVIDー19 crisis. By @FT editor-at-large @robertshrimsley…
And naturally, MPs on the "Covid Recovery Group" (the ones who preyed on Johnson's insecurities; slowed the govt's response; and deepened the UK's #COVIDー19 crisis), were given plenty of airtime on TalkRadio.
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Radio host Jenna Ryan (@dotjenna): "We just stormed the Capital (sic). It was one of the best days of my life."
Texas radio host and estate agent Jenna Ryan flew in a private jet to storm the #Capitol. "It was he one of the best days of my life... God wanted us there" 🙄…
Texas radio host Jenna Ryan flew in a private jet to storm the #Capitol. "It was one of the best days of my life," she said. "God wanted us there." 🙄…
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8 Jan
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"After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account.. we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence," said Twitter…
Twitter permanently suspended Trump's account because of tweets he sent after he was allowed back onto the platform today. Twitter decided they violated its "Glorification of Violence Policy"
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7 Sep 20
Those who consistently defend the British Empire and British colonialism, arguing it must have been a force for the good as a result of its "civilising mission", ought to read this!…
The crushing of the Morant Bay rebellion in Jamaica by the Caribbean island's then governor Edward John Eyre in October 1865 is precisely the sort of thing that ought to be taught in British schools. After all, it was fiercely debated at the time.…
The British are dangerously blind to how they're perceived abroad, and it's largely because most of us are so clueless about the realities of empire. Superb talk by @DalrympleWill, in conversation with @OfficialJassa @UKPHA
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18 Apr 20
This @thesundaytimes piece on Johnson's nonchalance towards the coronavirus crisis is utterly damning, and ought to be a resigning matter.

He skipped 5 cobra meetings, calls to order protective gear were ignored and scientists’ warnings fell on deaf ears…
Here's one excerpt from @JCalvertST @Arbuthnott and @Jonathan__Leake's Sunday Times Insight piece detailing the extraordinary nonchalance of Boris Johnson as the coronavirus spread around the UK in January to March.
The UK's last rehearsal for a pandemic, #ExerciseCygnus in 2016, predicted the NHS would collapse and highlighted a long list of shortcomings — including a lack of PPE and intensive care ventilators. But none of the recommendations to address these deficiencies was implemented.
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